Monday, January 6, 2014

Seek Wisdom

Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; and with all your acquiring, get understanding.   Proverbs 4:5-7

What is the most important thing in life?  What are you pursuing in life?  Some people spend most of their time and energy in pursuit of money.  They make all kinds of personal sacrifices to make more money.  They move to where the job opportunities are.  They choose their life’s work based on earning potential.  In all their getting, they get money.  

Others pursue recognition and status.  Some of these people are PhD’s.  Some are politicians.  They spend hours upon hours getting degrees or getting votes so that they can “be somebody” according to a certain definition of what that means in their own minds.  

For other people a healthy body or a beautiful body is all-consuming.  For others pleasure is the pursuit of life.  Some are thrill-seekers.  They are adrenalin junkies.  Some are world travelers.  Others are drug addicts.  If you’ve spent much time with an alcoholic, you know that for the alcoholic life can be reduced to a pursuit of the next drink.  

My point is this: everybody is pursuing something. What are you pursuing in life?  That will in large part determine what you become and where you wind up.

In Matthew 6 Jesus talked about the cares of life — all the natural things we can occupy ourselves with in this life.  He said that nobody could serve two masters.  Something will take priority in a person’s life.  He specifically said, No one can serve two masters...You cannot serve God and money” (NIV).  Matthew 6:33 directs us to , …seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.

Does this mean we should not try to make money? No.  Is our health not important? Of course it is.  Should we not enjoy some pleasure during our journey with God? Absolutely. But for everybody in this room something will be your central pursuit in life. For you, what is that central pursuit?
Proverbs 4:5-7 gives some good about what we should seek in life.  That which we can hold in our hands can certainly be taken away.  Friends can turn away and leave us standing alone.  Pleasure is good only for a season and then we are left hungry for more.  Christmas is past and all the things we thought we just had to have are now laying somewhere as another of our possessions, but our hunger still exists for more.  But wisdom brings a great deal more to life…meaning, understanding, peace and strength.

Wisdom is not a byproduct of anything.  It must be sought on its own and acquired individually.  Circumstances may be a vehicle for learning wisdom but circumstances do not naturally teach us the right things.  For wisdom we must discover the source of wisdom…God.

Seek for wisdom today in all of the activities and relationships of life.  At the end of the day, let God guide your thoughts and see what you have learned.

Scripture to Claim:
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, Proverbs 1:5

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